Candidate Statement: Angela Haney ’14

1. For what position are you running?

I am running for junior class prefect.

2. What makes you feel that you are qualified for the position? Please describe any leadership experiences you’ve had, if applicable.

I’ve served on Student Council for two years, been head of two clubs at the middle school, and am currently co-chair of the Upper School Social Committee which has been putting on events all year such as snow cones, winter grams, Valentine’s Day roses, and more.

I feel qualified for this position because I bring a combination of passion and experience to the table. In the past, I’ve made a point of being innovative, getting involved with the daily lives of students, and bringing more fun. My background creating, planning, and executing fun, and new ideas has qualified me to be a prefect, and my experience dealing with more serious issues has also prepared me.

3. How do you feel about the Honor Board and what has led you to feel this way?

I think the Honor Board makes the process of discipline easier because the system is designed advantageously for students in the interest of maintaining a trusting and responsible community. Students aren’t supposed to be subjected to harsh and premature judgment by administrators. Nobody should be brashly judged, and with this system in place, students have a chance to grow and rebuild their relationships in the community rather than unproductive punishment that doesn’t benefit anyone.

I feel this way because I think it’s really important for the student body to have a voice on both sides of Honor Code infractions. Without the Honor Board system, neither side of an infraction would be adequately represented, and our community’s trust would decrease. Trusting and acting with integrity is vital for H.W. to thrive.

4. Please describe one thing in Harvard-Westlake’s community you would change. Also, how would you use the influence of the position of Junior/Senior Prefect to change our community?

I think ambitious and creative leadership is something that Harvard-Westlake students could benefit from. I would try to remove the bar for what we as a Council, a school, and a community can do. There is so much potential at our school for more fun, more good times, and more successes in every endeavor. I would use the influence of being a prefect to encourage the whole school to think bigger about what we want and what we think we can get done.

If we become a community of more ambitious thinkers by increasing student satisfaction, trust around us, and efficiency of how Prefect Council can execute your ideas, there is no ceiling on how much positive change can take place.